Thanks to Jack Rhodes ’60 and former Tyee Club President, Coach Lorenzo Romar has been an annual speaker at our luncheons since he first arrived on campus more than a dozen years ago.
Romar talked much about the current team and the benefits from their working out together for the summer of 2014. He shared the skills they develop along with timing and intuition. Following the summer of hanging in the gym, Romar also explained the points that require coaching attention as they begin the formal practices in preparation for the season.
Romar turned to recruiting by asking the group which was the best of his previous recruiting classes. This led to quite the commentary from the audience as Romar revealed his three best recruiting classes of his previous dozen years. Using this to frame his comments, Romar then addressed each of the announced recruits for this year’s class, reviewed their strengths, and compared each to one or more of the prior recruits of year’s past. Needless to say, we were left with the distinct impression that this is likely to be the best recruiting class of the Romar era.
Romar clearly enjoyed the give and take with our group, because he dedicated nearly 50 minutes of his time to his presentation and the extended Q & A period. As always, we appreciate Romar’s return to our luncheon, his many insights and coach’s comments, and we appreciate Jack Rhodes ’60 for arranging Romar’s being our speaker.
Note: In April 2010, Romar signed a 10-year contract extension on a deal that pays him $1.7 million annually and expires after the 2019-20 season. It was the third extension since his original deal in 2002.